In a world full of instability, we do not need more opinions or hunches; we need the definitive declarations of our mighty and loving God. What is your life built on—the circumstances of life or the promises of God? The answer to that question changes everything. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unshakable Hope , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 19, Camille Maio rated it it was amazing. I found it to be very inspirational and I appreciate how he wove real-life stories into it.
I will definitely read more by him. Jul 04, Jim rated it it was amazing. I won this book on Goodreads. In a word, inspirational! A positive message of hope and never giving up that hope through the promises of God. For those of us who never had that hope to those who have had it and need a reminder now and again, I found this book to be uplifting. The book is laced with bits of humor which had be laughing because it was so unexpected but it works very will with the message the author is getting across and the stories in the book are inspirational as well especially t I won this book on Goodreads.
The book is laced with bits of humor which had be laughing because it was so unexpected but it works very will with the message the author is getting across and the stories in the book are inspirational as well especially the one about the girls softball players, that was very touching to me. One does not have to be a religious or spiritual person to enjoy this book, it may even change some non-believers in God as well who are willing to be open minded about it, the message is clear and uplifting.
Once again Max Lucado has taken an intangible concept, hope, and made it real! Flesh and blood actions, everyday ways to live it out and inspiring stories of those who have walked the hard road. Filled with biblical truths and empathy, Max gave me a guide to building my own personal promise book with God, tailored to my problems.
I feel capable and refreshed to face the world! Each chapter left me with a list of things to do different! The P-U-S-H acronym is great too to remember the Spirit promises to give us power, unity, supervision and holiness. I loved the analogy of ignoring the Holy Spirit is like buying a two-wheeled tricycle. I flew through it, eagerly anticipating my evening read.
Reflecting on why, I noticed each night I went to slept resting on a promise from God, hopeful tomorrow would go well and feeling I had come to understand God better or draw nearer to Him. Max tells amazing stories, some humorous others poignant but always memorable. There were definitely a few chuckles personal favourite: A hippo cannot fly. A butterfly cannot eat a bowl of spaghetti. You cannot sleep on a cloud and God cannot lie.
Because the man believed in the power of Jesus to keep his word. Faith is the deeply held belief that God will keep his promises. The heart of pride never confesses, never repents, never asks for forgiveness, indeed the arrogant never feel the need for forgiveness. Pride is the hidden reef that shipwrecks the soul. They were on the storm-tossed sea because Christ told them to be there. These are missionaries who move overseas, only to have their support evaporate. These are business leaders who take the high road, only to see their efforts outbid by dishonest competitors. This is the couple who honors God in marriage, only to have an empty crib.
This is the student who prepares, only to fall short on the exam.
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These are disciples who launch a boat as Jesus instructed, only to sail headfirst into a tempest. Storms come to the obedient. Keep coming to Jesus.
Search and search until you find covenants that address your needs. Not only that, but, it has his usual easy to read writing style. I always look forward to the next Lucado book, and this is no different. I am looking forward to the next one. Lucado encapsulates each chapter in promises, God's promises to us that give us hope. He ends by suggesting that we come up with our own list of promises, which is a very good suggestion.
One place I differ from Lucado is in his chapter entitled "This Temporary Tomb," which is about eternity. He describes how we will be perfected. He says we will have "a mind with no wandering thoughts. If I didn't have wandering thoughts, I wouldn't be able to write fiction, in fact I probably wouldn't be able to write non-fiction, either, as I write when the ideas come to me, so I must write as I go, taking notes. I am surprised Lucado wrote that part. Perhaps he doesn't have the same writing process I do. Anyhow, as usual, Lucado has written a better book this time than the last one, and the last one was good, too, which is why I always look forward to the next book by him.
Aug 15, Lili Kim rated it really liked it. Congrats to Max Lucado for writing his 40th book! This is probably the 35th one I've read, haha. Anyways-I loved the story about Chris Tomlin…I had no idea he had mononucleosis as a kid, which led to his learning to play the guitar. He makes no midcourse corrections.
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He is not victimized by moods or weather. Satan wants to steal it. Satan would love to destroy your marriage. He is the enemy of your God-given destiny and longs to be the destroyer of your soul.
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It comes to all of us. Darkness comes, but so does the morning. Sadness comes, but so does hope. Sorrow may have the night, but it cannot have our lives. Max Lucado has been a pastor for 40 years and you can tell right from the start of this book that he is used to dealing with people in all walks of life and in all circumstances of life. His warmth, his humanness, his deep and abiding faith, his sense of humor and his skills as a pastor and wise counselor are evident throughout this book.
Building Our Lives on the Promises of God is a highly readable, non-"preachy" book reminding us that though we may be suffering difficult times Max Lucado has been a pastor for 40 years and you can tell right from the start of this book that he is used to dealing with people in all walks of life and in all circumstances of life. Building Our Lives on the Promises of God is a highly readable, non-"preachy" book reminding us that though we may be suffering difficult times personally, as a family, as a community or as a nation, there is no need to despair if we but remember the many promises of God.
He enumerates many of the promises of God, teaching about them and offering anecdotal stories to make them more real. I found this a very inspirational book and definitely recommend it! Many thanks to Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Aug 12, Mary rated it it was amazing. Usually I blow right through Max Lucado's books; they're reader-friendly, bright, engaging.
I would read a chapter, dig in a little deeper, read it again, reflect. I really needed these words to wash over my weary brain and heart. If you are looking for a solid footing, a comforting word, encouragement of any kind, and are reluctant to pick up a Bible for some personal reason, grab this book. It doesn't replace God's word I'm not saying that How did I miss that? Why hasn't anyone ever told me that?!! In a good way, not a fish-killing-environmentally-irresponsible way.
Always important to clarify. I guess you know what my family and friends are getting for Christmas, now Sep 01, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: Every time I start a Max Lucado book I'm hit with a wave of familiarity, but that's by no means a bad thing. Usually I'm not a big fan of formulaic books, but with Max's books I just find it so comforting. I know exactly what I'm getting from him: What more can you ask for?
I have felt that his last few books were lacking somewhat, though. I still enjoyed them, but I just didn't feel tha Every time I start a Max Lucado book I'm hit with a wave of familiarity, but that's by no means a bad thing. I still enjoyed them, but I just didn't feel that "oomph" with them that I did with his earlier works.
This book, however, proved that he's still got it! Your Bible refers more than a hundred times to the Holy Spirit. Jesus says more about the Holy Spirit than He does about the church or marriage. In fact, on the eve of His death, as He prepared His followers to face the future without Him, He made this great and precious promise:. He never guaranteed a level of income or popularity. But He did promise the perpetual, empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is central to the life of the Christian. Everything that happens from the book of Acts to the end of the book of Revelation is a result of the work of the Holy Spirit of Christ.
The Spirit came alongside the disciples, indwelled them, and gave the early church the push they needed to face the challenges ahead. Several years ago when my legs were stronger, my belly was flatter, and my ego was bigger, I let my friend Pat convince me to enter a bike race. Not just any bike race, mind you, but a race that included a one and a half mile climb up a steep hill with a gradient of 12 percent.
In other words it was a tough, climb-out-of-the-saddle, set-your-thighs-on-fire, and prepare-to-suck-air-for-ten-minutes section of the race. Appropriately called the Killer Diller, it lived up to the hype. I knew its reputation. Still, I signed up because Pat, my riding buddy, told me I could make it. Easy for Pat to say.
He is fifteen years my junior and has competed since his elementary school days. He was riding in pelotons before most of us knew what they were. You will make it. We, the barrel-bellied laggards, made jokes about the upcoming ascent. It takes wind to talk. We soon needed all the wind we could muster to climb. I pushed and huffed and puffed, and about that point the ascent began.
By the time I was halfway to the top, my thighs were on fire, and I was having less-than-pleasant thoughts about my friend Patrick. That is when I felt the push. A hand was pressing against the small of my back.
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I turned and looked. He had already completed the race. Anticipating my utter exhaustion, he had hurried back up the hill, dismounted his bike, and scurried to give me a hand. He began pushing me up the hill! The fact that he could keep up with me tells you how slowly I was pedaling. The Holy Spirit promises to do the same. He will complete what was begun by the Father and the Son. Though all three expressions of the Godhead are active, the Spirit is taking the lead in this, the final age. All creatures look to You to give them their food at the proper time.
When You give it to them, they gather it up; when You open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When You hide Your face, they are terrified; when You take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When You send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. If God were to withdraw His Spirit, all life would disappear and mankind would turn again to dust. The Spirit of God is a life-giving force to creation and, more significantly, a midwife of new birth for the believer.
Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit enters the believer upon confession of faith Ephesians 1: From that point forward the Christian has access to the very power and personality of God. As the Spirit has His way in the lives of believers, a transformation occurs.
They begin to think the way God thinks, love the way God loves, and see the way God sees. They minister in power and pray in power and walk in power. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. These attributes appear in the life of the saint in the same way an apple appears on the branch of an apple tree.
Fruit happens as a result of relationship. Sever the branch from the tree, and forget the fruit.
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Yet if the branch is secured to the trunk, nutrients flow, and fruit results. So it is with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. As our relationship with God is secured and unmarred by rebellion, sin, or stubborn behavior, we can expect a harvest of fruit. But we can expect it. It simply falls to us to stay connected. The list of his activities is varied, wonderful, and incomplete without this word: The Spirit of God also makes us holy.
After all, is He not the Holy Spirit? One of His primary activities is to cleanse us from sin and to sanctify us for holy work.
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